Much to my surprise I am loving Twitter. It is not the ability to share inane but short messages or for the followers but for the connection. I have followed pretty much every link that includes the isle of wight and the regular updates make me feel even closer to my home to be. I am an avid follower of on the wight and county press but with twitter I can wake up to a picture or some snippet of news every day, what could be better.
Recent pictures of portsmouth harbour, Southsea beach and the King Lud viewed from the end of the pier have made me ache to be back on the most gorgeous county island. I read of the closure of Freshwater doctor’s surgery with alarm. My heart goes out to those affected by the latest slip at undercliff drive. I remember many years ago speaking to an elderly and life long resident of Steephill cove and being astounded by her frank acceptance of the effects of blue slipper clay. The rotational slips are a feature of this side of the island and their expertise and experience means they are managed and accepted, there is a price to pay for such beauty I guess.
I have a constant and gnawing need to walk along the promenade at Ventnor before pushing my knee to walk up the punishing hill. To drive along the glorious military road, winding down into Black gang before passing the White Mouse Inn and rising up to the vista of the cliffs. Finally dropping down into Freshwater bay and strolling to the Albion to watch the ocean caressing the bay as if it shares my love. I want to walk over the coastal path to the Needles, sucking in the view of the mainland and the wonderful comfort that I find in the separation afforded by the Solent.
To wander without a care around Yarmouth town with a resident population of less than 1000 in the winter and the seasonal hibernation in Cowes. I want to feel the weight of life lifting from my shoulders as I take the left turn into St Thomas street and see the shimmer of the ocean at the bottom of the street, as it always does. I look forward, more each day, to the time when arriving at fishbourne or ryde means that I have come home and not that I have arrived. I look forward to an ever reducing number of trips to the mainland and most of all to a sunday afternoon stroll along my Appley beach.
From the world of hotel residency I bring you the joy of an alarm at 04.00, more joyful when the adjacent room finishes their party at 2 am! On leaving the room I grabbed the TV remote to shut it down and then realised that paper thin walls work both ways. Notching up the volume I noted groans from next door with some satisfaction before strolling down the corridor.
Finally I would like to share with you the latest round with Ms Nature. My left knee and, to some degree, my hip have been playing up this week. The result is tightening of the joints and associated pain but more annoyingly a limp. Occasionally I get a sharp stabbing pain that is quite debilitating or a lock up that inevitably defeats perambulation but the limp is worse. The limp, you see, is her way of gaining a point.
I get up from my chair to walk to a meeting, the knee is tight and sore so I limp. As soon as I realise that I am limping I snarl at Ms Nature and fight back, forcing normal behaviour. To some degree this must make me look like I am gunning for sympathy, I am not. This is simply tiredness or distraction making me forget to test the knee before I set off. Yesterday was a cool but pleasant day and when I left work I decided that a walk to the superstore was in order, just to keep the knee in line. The knee complained as did the hip but they also achieved what was asked of them.
I returned to the hotel, had a shower and settled in for the evening. My wrists had come to the party now with a pain like a hot rivet had been inserted in place of a screw. Having subdued Ms Nature enough to sleep I drifted off with a victorious smile. Awaking in the night for the toilet I jumped out of bed, took one step and collapsed. I only just missed head-butting the door frame, my knee was swollen and felt like it had been filled with treacle. As I righted myself and limped to the bathroom I am sure I heard Ms Nature cackling behind me. . .